After reading, reviewing, and loving Heidi Poelman’s Little Heroes: Courageous People Who Changed the World , I happily sought the opportunity to review her new book, Little Heroes: Inventors Who Changed the World.
This cute book is set up the same way as the other, and is just as lovable, from the adorable artwork (thanks to Kyle Kershner), to the bright colors, to the quotes from the heroes, and the descriptions of the wonderful things they did for the world.
It’s such a cute idea to present the heroes in a way children would understand.
I smiled when I saw the Wright Brothers in there. I live in NC, and also have sweet memories of visiting Kitty Hawk often as a child.
I read the book to my three sons, and here was their feedback:
From the 5-year-old: He liked Thomas Edison and the Wright Brothers the best because they look cool.
From the 7-year-old: He thought the book was good if you want to learn about inventing. It helps kids realize what people have done back then. He also liked Thomas Edison and the Wright Brothers the best. He liked how they kept trying until they got their inventions to work.
From the 13-year-old: He thought this book was a cool way for kids to learn about inventors who changed the world. He liked learning about Cai Lun, the man who created paper, especially. His only constructive feedback was that a pronunciation guide would have been helpful for the harder names.
The book was a winner for all of us. Kids of all ages can appreciate something about the book, and even as an adult, I learned something too!
Get this book. You will love it!
From the ranging curiosity of Leonardo da Vinci to the dedication and sacrifice of Marie Curie, Little Heroes: Inventors Who Changed the World is a young child’s first introduction to the brilliant people who taught us the meaning of perseverance and innovation. Simple text and adorable illustrations tell the contributions of nine renowned inventors from around the world: Cai Lun, Leonardo da Vinci, Marie Curie, Thomas Edison, Orville and Wilbur Wright, Grace Hopper, Johannes Gutenberg, and Louis Pasteur. Inspire your own little inventor with the words of these inventive heroes who changed the world.